Monday, September 12, 2016

That which I forgot to Blog About

Soooooo I realized with everything going on, there were several events/things that I meant to blog about but never got around to! So this will be a hodgepodge of stuff!

One of the items on my Summer To Do list was to have Lunch at McCords with Emboz and crew. I had never been there before and was so excited to try it out! Never mind that I picked the absolute worst time to go, the street in front of McCords was going thru massive renovation, we literally had to walk across a man made MOAT to get into the place. Do I know how to pick places or what??!! Despite all that we still had a great time! Madi very much enjoyed wearing my massive sunglasses on her tiny head.

She wasn't too enthused on having her picture taken. Bunny Ears and Peace Signs were quite popular that day!
The two of us on the other side of the table were ready for our pictures! Of course we had to struggle to get Madi's peace signs out of the frame, hence why I'm looking off to the side.
See what I'm talking about?

Tried to take a selfie with Madi. It didn't work. HA!!

My Mom and I had a girls day, and went to a Rummage sale and then I treated her to lunch! We made out like bandits at the sale! Well worth getting up early on a Friday! And it was fun to spend time with my Momma! We snapped this pic and I noticed she was smiling, I was shocked, since she goes for a demure mouth closed smirk in her pics, I said MOM!! You're smiling!! It looks so cute!! Her Response " It's a new thing I'm trying". I died. She is so funny.

I added pics to this blog about a week before I got around to writing it. I have no clue why I added this pic, but apparently I wanted to share it with you all? All I know is that I'm in my teaching chair.

I've been searching for some lamps, one for my kitchen table, and one for my dresser in my bedroom. I was beyond excited to find these for half off at Dollar General a few weeks ago! I wasn't crazy in love with the orange lampshades, but they were also half off :) Haven't decided if I am going to paint them or not!

I wasn't feeling great one day and had a sore throat, I thought some ice cream would feel great on it so I ran out to DQ for a treat. The line was randomly crazy long so I had to wait in the drive thru and saw this adorable doggy in it's van. I was cracking up at how happy the dog was! He was just grinning away sitting in that window! His owners were on the patio and realized he was sitting there and went to put him fully in the van and the poor dog got stuck in the window, with his 7 yr old owner. It was quite the show. The dog never quit grinning the entire time! hahahah When I got around to the other side of DQ he was on the dashboard looking out the window, still grinning like a fool. #LivinTheDream

I was sitting at my kitchen table working on some things while I waited for a student one day, and I thought the view was just so pretty. Sunny and bright, and a clean living room.
Expect lots more pictures of me wearing my DG jeggings. They are the most comfortable pants I've ever owned. And I'm pretty sure I'm buying at least 2 more pairs of them.
I drink a ton of water every day, with teaching my mouth gets dry. I go in spurts of drinking pop, and then not drinking it for awhile. Usually when there aren't any great sales on the pop I like :)  One Friday night I happened to have a new 2 liter of Coke and let me tell you that Ice Cold Coca Cola was the tastiest thing EVER!

And yes, I just blogged about comfortable pants and a glass of pop being delightful. I lead an exciting life folks. #KeepinItReal

Friday, September 2, 2016

What's Up Wednesday- August Edition! (On a Friday)

So I started writing this post on Monday with intentions of posting it ON TIME, but then Weds was crazy, and by Thursday I was really sick. So here I am crawling to the finish line on Friday and finally posting this. (Hopefully)

What I'm Eating This Week: Well, so far it's been random things here and there, as I haven't felt great. But Weds I am going out to eat with Audra at Firehouse Subs! So excited! I LOVE that place! Friday I grilled Hamburgers and Made some Creamy Parmesan Pasta Salad. And ROCKED the Apron if I do say so myself!

What I'm Reminiscing About: I have been thinking a lot about my childhood fun with my cousins Nick and Nate lately. After the tragedy that struck our family, it has brought back a lot of memories. The Go Fund Me is still up and they haven't met their goal, so if you feel led to donate you can do so HERE.

What I'm Loving: My New Dollar General Softer than Soft Fake Denim Leggings. Sweet mercy they are SO comfy!! I will definitely be getting another pair, if not two more! Also loving being able to break out my new leopard ballet flats. Its not really cool here yet, but I am really getting tired of my summer clothes, so I am desperate to wear something different!

What I've been up to: Trying to fight off whatever sickness I've had. Not succeeding in fighting off said sickness. After I got done teaching Today (Friday) I have been going crazy cleaning. My house feels like a pit after not doing much cleaning throughout the week!

What I'm Dreading: My Mom brought down a ton of my old clothes she had held on to, for me to sell. I joke that I have "Charity's Clothing Emporium" in my spare room. This weekend I need to post tons of stuff on ebay.

What I'm working on: Well I'm working on cleaning and organizing my house. During this I also decided to get out my tub of Fall Decorations. Because it's Sept 2, and it was "cool" enough for me to wear jeggings so of course there must be pumpkins and leaves out! I'm also in the midst of planning for my Studio's Christmas Recital. We have our date and I'm working on assigning students their books. I already have two students who have their songs picked out!! I am patting myself on the back, because that is huge!

What I'm excited about: I have decided I need some more fall decorations :) And I'm excited about purchasing some new things!! And really just decorating for a new season. I"m all about seasonal decorations!!

What I'm Watching/Reading: I'm really ready for Fall TV. I ran out of decent shows to binge watch, so I've been re watching "The Glades" but I'm on the last season now. I need some new tv!! I have been reading like crazy though, tons of Dee Henderson, Diann Mills, Catherine Coulter. Give me allll the mysteries!! I have a new book by Lexi Eddings to read and review, so I'm excited about checking out a new author! Stay tuned for the review!

What I'm listening to: Right now I'm listening to the fan, my loud fridge running, and the noises from outside because it's finally nice enough for me to open my windows! CAN I GET AN AMEN??!!! I LOVE having my windows open, and also love saving on my heating/cooling bills. So nice to have some fresh air!

What I'm Wearing: I'm trying to remember what I wore this week....... I can't remember Monday or Tuesday, Wednesday I wore shorts and a flutter sleeved top from ON. Thursday, Jammies, and today I have on my super soft DG Jeggings, Walmart Leopard print flats and a baby blue sleeveless top, which I got several compliments on!

What I'm doing this weekend: Still not sure! It's Labor Day weekend so I'm stoked for a long weekend and some time off! 

What I'm looking forward to next month: I am getting so excited to see my two nephews that will be visiting soon!! I can't wait to hug and kiss them! Well, my oldest nephew at least, the little one is still unsure. Perhaps I can bribe him with going outdoors, one of his favorite things to do!

What Else is New: Um... Nothing?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Book Review- Without Warning by Lynette Eason

Without Warning

This book is book 2 in a new Series that Lynette  Eason is writing, called Elite Guardians. The cool thing about this book is that it is about a female bodyguard! Not something you read about, or even heard about often! I thought that was really cool!

I have read some other books by Ms. Eason and she always writes with a mixture of romance and mystery/excitement. This is not a book you want to read late at night, unless you have the time to finish it!  (If you’re not a wimp like me, then by all means, go ahead :))

I like that her writing is really easy to follow. The conversations between characters are much like a conversation between two people in the real world. It’s just very easy to read and understand!

This is random, but I loved that in the book when characters text, it had a part of the page that actually looked like a text block. Some writers just have texts throw in, in the regular writing, and I loved that she had it look more like an actual text. It just made more sense to me!

All in all I enjoyed this book and I am excited to read the next!

Thanks Revell for providing this book for me, in exchange for an honest review!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Dinner with A&A/C&C- July Edition!

 So a few weeks ago, (I'm getting old, I can't even remember when it was!!) I went over to Auds for our girls nite dinner! And somehow managed to get ZERO pictures of Cubbie James. But no worries, he was there and he got some lovin! We start this picture story with Addie looking slightly worried in our selfie.
 That quickly changed. I just LOVE that little girl! She was allll about Miss Charity that night and we got in LOTS of snuggles. Which just filled my heart up! She is so sweet and FULL of personality! I can remember Audra being pregnant and us talking and wondering about what her future child would be like. I think neither of us imagined the essence that is Addie Jane. She is one of a kind and just delightful! I love this picture of us, but I also think it's funny because she looks so sweet and docile. Don't get me wrong, she is a sweet little love bug, but she has a spunky personality which I love!
 Like how she purposely sucks her thumb and pulls at her hair during our photo session.
 And these pictures... We are still working on getting a good pic of all three of us.
 SOMEONE makes it a little challenging. Also, My head looks 8,000 times the size of Audras in these pics. The girl with the big head should really be in the back. Note to Self.

 Even though it's not "perfect" I love this pic of Addie laughing at her Momma! So sweet!
 She thinks she is a little funny.
 And she is!! She looked at this picture on my phone for a good ten minutes, giggling at herself. Making it larger and zooming in on her face, and giggling some more. This 1 yr old is better at a smartphone than I am.

 It was time for dessert and we had ice cream cones! This is Addies first cone.... More on that in a second.
 Apparently she likes to eat the cone by starting at the bottom. Personally I always save that for last because it's not that good! Well Miss Addie Jane was eating away and waved her cone off to the right of her, where Cubbie just so happened to be standing in wait. And legit in the blink of an eye that cone was gobbled up by Cubs while Addie and I just stared at him trying to figure out what had happened! HA! She looked at me so confused! 
 So here is she with Cone #2. Keep that ice cream close to you Addie Jane!!
 Again with the bottom of the cone. Crazy girl!
Love that little blonde haired spunky girl!!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review: What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Whooo!! Get Excited! It's time for my very first book review! Now, I have never written a legit blog post in review of a book, so I am sure my first time won't be as stellar as others. But good news for me at least, I have signed up and requested several books to review so there are many more to follow! Thanks to Bekah over at Bekah's Bits, my fellow Indiana blogger, I found out you can sign up to revew books for free! Seeing that I love books and reading and free :) I was alll about that!

My first book is from Revell, thanks for the copy Revell!

"What Matters Most" is by Kellie Coates Gilbert, and it is part of her Texas Gold Series. These books are stand alone books, so you can pick up any one of them and read without needing to read one before another. I have actually read two of her books, "A Woman of Fortune" Which I LOVED, and "Where Rivers Part" which was also really interesting!  I had high hopes for "What Matters Most" but unfortunately I didn't love it as I did her other books.

Her Texas Gold Series is all about Women who are in challenging spots in their lives. Each of them are always going through something that will change their lives, not always for the better! Her stories are about how these women deal with changes, and how they come out on the other end.

This particular book is about a young, single woman (which I can relate to) named Leta. She is barely making ends meet while she works several dead end jobs, and tries to earn enough money to keep her Mom in her memory care facility. Leta's Mom has dementia and it was beautiful to read the scenes with Leta and her Mom. The love that they shared and the care that Leta had for her literally lept off the page.

By a stroke of luck Leta finds a new very high paying job at a "research company". Unfortunately as she works there, things seem to be a little odd and not quite right. As her work continues she finds out that she is actually researching to find dirt on the Senator Nathan, whom she met and has a crush on.

The rest of the book deals with her position at the company, and her relationship with Nathan.

Here is where I didn't love the book. Leta is supposed to be very smart and bright, she is researching all of this stuff, but yet she can't see what is going on under her nose. She also meets Nathan, who is dating another woman, and after meeting him Leta turns into a school girl with a crush on a taken man. Granted, Nathan is not married, but the whole having a girlfriend and his "friendship" with Leta, it just gave me a bad taste in my mouth. I don't like cheaters, and you don't have to be married to cheat! For a seemingly smart woman, Leta does not show that in her romance with Nathan.

I just found it really hard to connect with the character. I have loved the other books I have read by this author, so I am inclined to think that maybe it was just me, or an "off" book. I do look forward to reading more of her books in the future!

Thanks Revell for giving me this copy in exchange for my honest review!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday- July!

I will spare you the "I can't believe July is already over" speech, but seriously!  I will say though that after the 4'th of July was over I got the summer is almost over feeling of doom. Working on my Fall Schedule and School Starting AUGUST 8'th really didn't help either! But I digress, on to the questions!

As always linking up with Mix and Match Mama!

What I'm eating this week: Well I'm starting this on Sunday, and tonight I had Grilled Pork Burgers for Dinner. I'll have left over on Monday, Tuesday will be Buck Creek Pizza! YAY! I LOVE their cheese pizza!! And the rest of the week I am sure will be either cold items or something grilled, it's hot yo!

What I'm reminiscing about: Nothing really?

What I'm loving: Payless Click List!! Listen, I love this so much I plan to devote an entire blog post to it! Basically you order your groceries online and they bring them out to your vehicle and load them for you! You only have to roll down your window to pay! IT.IS.WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!! And yes I have officially hit old person status when grocery shopping made easy gets me this excited.

What I've been up to: I have been really busy lately! I've been out of town two weekends in a row for Mystery Church Assignments. Last week I had an Eye Exam, this week Another Dr's visit, I went to the fair last week before teaching one day. An hour long concert I'm playing on Tuesday means I have been practicing a lot lately and picking out the songs to play, timing them, and copying them to put them in my performance binder. Busy Busy Busy! I am looking forward to a lazy weekend!!!

What I'm dreading:Winter and cold weather! This heat kills me a little but I'd rather have hot weather over winter any day! I'm also a little sad about summer schedule ending. Back to teaching late every night of the week.:(

What I'm working on: Getting Organized! And I have been doing somewhat of a face lift on my bedroom. It's still a work in progress but I have high hopes for it! And as always, working on students lesson plans, areas they need help on, and practicing myself for a concert on Tuesday of this week.

What I'm excited about: I'm excited to have Ladies who Lunch with Emboz, Madi and Bethanne later this week! Bethanne has been out of the country on a missions trip and I'm really excited to hear all about it!

What I'm Watching/Reading: I'm trying to finish my library books that are due! Currently reading an old Dee Henderson Book. Clint Hill's latest book Five Presidents, and desperately trying to reach and surpass my 168 reading hours by the deadline next weekend! I'm currently Watching Body of Proof, and re starting Private Practice. I need a show to watch/listen to while I do other things so I'm re watching these. Cherrybear needs a new show to binge!

What I'm listening to: Right now as I finish this on Tuesday evening all I hear is my mini fan, and the fridge running. Sweet Silence!!

What I'm wearing:Monday I wore my new black maxi skirt that I scored at Goodwill last week! It si SO comfy and I feel like I'm wearing PJ's when  I wear it! I paired it with a flowy blue top and a gold necklace with dark purple and some feathers. Tuesday I'll be wearing shorts (because it's really hot where i'm going to be playing the piano at) and a gold sleeveless top my Mom just gave me, along with my favorite sparkly gold sandals! The rest of the week, who knows! It will probably be shorts, and sleeveless tops all week long. Did i mention it was hot??!

What I'm doing this weekend: Going to my own church!! I have been doing some Mystery Church Assignments, and while they are interesting (and awkward) they really make me miss my own church! I'm excited to be back at Northview!

What I'm looking forward to next month: I don't have anything exciting on the calendar for August. I am kind of excited for school to start, because that means no early lessons, aka more sleep! But I'm sad for summer to end. :(

What else is new: One of these days I will have something really exciting to put in this space. So far not so much! HA!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Life Lately

First off, Shout Out to Blogger for taking all of my pics and putting them completely out of order.I hate moving pics around on blogger, so you are stuck with it!

Secondly, brace yourself for massive picture overload. Apparently I should blog Life Lately more regularly!

 I got a new lipstick in my Boxycharm, that was way darker than my normal color. I'm trying to try new things this summer, so i wore it! Go me! It was one you definitely need a mirror to apply, but I liked it!

 Earlier this week I finally went and got my eyes checked. It really wasn't that exciting, but I was glad that my new dr's office got me in and out in under an hour! And the best part was that the air puff machine was broken! SO NO AIR PUFF IN EYES! Man, I hate that thing!
 I wandered upon a 90% off CVS sale this past weekend and made out like a bandit. I can't resist these cups, I drink a ton of water and always have a drink around me. 50 cents for a festive USA cup? Sold!

 I had an adventure out of town this past Sunday, and got to go to my favorite Goodwill store. I scored a ton of stuff for under 14.00! Thanks to red tag Sunday! 
 This shirt wasn't on sale, but I couldn't resist the cute little detailing!

 I had Dinner with A&A last night and Audra and I exchanged purchases. HA! She had bought the pillows (Second from right and left) for her office but didn't like them. She knew they matched my living room and asked if I wanted them. Um, YES! How cute are they? I cannot resist pillows. They are my weakness! Students and Parents have already complimented me on them :)

 When I was out of town Sunday for my adventure, I was getting ready to drive back home and the sky looked ominous. Thankfully i missed the brunt of the storm, but I definitely drove through rain!

 Some more finds at CVS. I have a flower addiction.
 I also love anything that lights up. I loved this little fake candle light!
 And how cute are these tiny lanterns?!!!

 While I was out of town, I drove past the Hospital that I have had several surgeries at with my GI Doctors. Oh the memories! Or not so much, since the medicine always gives me amnesia!

 I happened upon a National Guard place with this equipment out front. I knew I had to stop and take pictures for my oldest nephew. I threw in a selfie with it, so he'd know I was there :)

 I started off last weekend with a trip to my Chiro. Ahhhhh...
 It was a stuggling friday. Glasses, Sleepy Face, Brain not working.. Stuggle!

 So far my Garden has produced One Cucumber, and One Sweet Pepper. 

 Last Weds it got really dark and rainy in the middle of the afternoon. I had to light some candles in my kitchen to work on my computer and it was cozy!!
 Before the rain happened I had a special delivery of Doughnuts for my Students and I! I might have eaten my favorite before they got here :)

 One of my students has THE CUTEST little baby sister!!!!!

 I signed up to be a book Reviewer and got my first free book to review last week! I really like this Author's books, currently reading it right now! Stay tuned for a review!
 And finally, HOW ADORABLE is this outfit I got for Addie Jane????!! I died when i saw it in store, I knew she had to have it! She looks really cute in blue/green.

And the shorts have RUFFLES!!!! Little girls clothes are my favorite!!!